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The 2013 NHL Playoffs!  
User currently offlinesteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9182 posts, RR: 18
Posted (1 year 2 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 3953 times:

Well, they've been underway now since yesterday. Since nobody else posted about it yet, I guess I'll get this ball rolling.

With the start of the playoffs yesterday, we have the Blackhawks, Ducks, and Blues all picking up wins to lead the series. One thing that I find interesting is that the Blackhawks had to go to overtime to pick up their hard-fought 2-1 victory. Game two in this series should be interesting. St. Louis also picked up a 2-1 victory over the Kings, and Anaheim had the largest margin of victory on opening day with a 3-1 decision over Detroit.

Tonight, well it's very obvious how much Sid Crosby is missed in Pittsburgh. If that's not bad enough, Orpik also was a scratch. Boy, do I feel for those sorry-looking Penguins.

Yeahhh... no Sid, no problem.

That was their approach while Sid rested and recovered (which he's continuing) from that slap-shot injury at the end of March, and it very much still is. After two periods they're up 5-0. Will the fighting Isles find some life and get into this series?

Meanwhile, Boston is about to post a 4-1 decision in their favor over the Leafs. Later tonight, we have San Jose hosting Vancouver...

Ok... thoughts...


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User currently onlinejetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2760 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (1 year 2 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3950 times:
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Judging by tonight's performance, the Islanders are for sure going to win the cup   . Kidding of course. I think this is going to be a pretty interesting playoff run for all the teams. I have Chicago and the Canadiens making the cup. I wish my Wild could get it done, but starting off playing the Blackhawks was a death sentence. Hopefully they will reorganize and come back strong next year.
This is how I have my bracket. Now I'm no expert so obviously chances are it is wrong. But fingers crossed!
http://i.imgur.com/1w8KkHr.png
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User currently offlineWestJet747 From Canada, joined Aug 2011, 1830 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (1 year 2 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3932 times:

Quoting steeler83 (Thread starter):
Will the fighting Isles find some life and get into this series?

No. They should thank their lucky stars that they were fortunate enough to squeak into the playoffs and earn a little extra revenue.

Quoting steeler83 (Thread starter):
Meanwhile, Boston is about to post a 4-1 decision in their favor over the Leafs.

The only people surprised by that are Leafs fans. Honestly, I live in southern Ontario and the tweets and Facebook statuses have been beyond obnoxious. Literally dozens every day.

Anyway...Bruins in 5.

Quoting jetblueguy22 (Reply 1):

I'm one of the biggest Habs fans out there...but I'm skeptical to whether they can beat the Pens, especially if Crosby is back. Obviously I hope they do, but I won't get my hopes up too high (like all the Leafs fans).



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User currently onlinejetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2760 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (1 year 2 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3931 times:
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Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 2):
I'm one of the biggest Habs fans out there...but I'm skeptical to whether they can beat the Pens, especially if Crosby is back. Obviously I hope they do, but I won't get my hopes up too high (like all the Leafs fans).

It should be interesting for sure. My roommate is a huge Pens fan so a lot of it had to do with ticking him off. But I think they can do it. Won't be easy though.
Pat



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User currently offlineWestJet747 From Canada, joined Aug 2011, 1830 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (1 year 2 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3900 times:

Quoting jetblueguy22 (Reply 3):
My roommate is a huge Pens fan so a lot of it had to do with ticking him off.

Always a good reason.  

Both of my roommates are from Ottawa, so this first round is going to be a really tense one in my apartment.  
Quoting jetblueguy22 (Reply 3):
But I think they can do it.

It's a possibility, but Price needs to get his head out of his ass. He's been slacking lately and making Budaj look really good.



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User currently offlinesteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9182 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3830 times:

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 2):

No. They should thank their lucky stars that they were fortunate enough to squeak into the playoffs and earn a little extra revenue.

Yeah... well they overcame a 2-goal deficit and then went ahead 4-3 in the 3rd to actually get a win. Kudos to them.

As for the Penguins, that CANNOT continue or they'll be eliminated very prematurely. They'll be even bigger laughing stocks than that fabled 1993 team. At least THAT team went to the 2nd round!



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User currently offlinejfk69 From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 1407 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3808 times:

Quoting steeler83 (Reply 5):
Yeah... well they overcame a 2-goal deficit and then went ahead 4-3 in the 3rd to actually get a win. Kudos to them.

As for the Penguins, that CANNOT continue or they'll be eliminated very prematurely. They'll be even bigger laughing stocks than that fabled 1993 team. At least THAT team went to the 2nd round!

I will be at the Ol barn this afternoon for Game 3. Hoping the Isles continue to play the hard nose 60 minutes of Hockey that got them here. It is now a 5 game series with the Isles holding home ice advantage so lets see how Fleury responds today.

Should be fun to hear the place rocking again! And for those who dont remember how loud the Coliseum can get...this will help you remember.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MypdksdVEWk


User currently onlinejetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2760 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3793 times:
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Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 4):
Both of my roommates are from Ottawa, so this first round is going to be a really tense one in my apartment.

I'm sure it has been something! Try not to fight! My roommate and I have been yelling at each other during the games and I'm not even an Islanders fan! Though I think the Penguins vs Flyers series last year was more exciting.

Quoting steeler83 (Reply 5):
As for the Penguins, that CANNOT continue or they'll be eliminated very prematurely. They'll be even bigger laughing stocks than that fabled 1993 team. At least THAT team went to the 2nd round!

It amazes me that a team as good as they are have so much trouble in the playoffs. They should be up 3-0 right now.

Quoting jfk69 (Reply 6):
oping the Isles continue to play the hard nose 60 minutes of Hockey that got them here. It is now a 5 game series with the Isles holding home ice advantage so lets see how Fleury responds today.

It was a good game, too bad the islanders couldn't get it done. Looks like I may lose the bet with my roommate.

My Wild aren't playing too hot right now. Looks like they'll hit the golf course a little early this year. I was hoping this would be their year with the Parise and Sutter pick up, but the rest of the team needs to fall in line too. Maybe next year!
Pat



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User currently offlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3774 times:

Quoting jetblueguy22 (Reply 1):
and the Canadiens making the cup

Are you sure? Are you really really really sure?????

With Price in the goals, you can be sure that the Habs won't pass even the first round. Another shameful performance from him tonight vs the Sens. I'm not a Price hater, but he's been AWFUL in his last games. Tonight, goal #2 and #3 should have been stopped. You cannot afford to make those kind of mistakes in the playoffs.

Ottawa is leading the series because they have a goaltender. Period.



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User currently offlineTWA772LR From United States of America, joined Nov 2011, 1757 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3774 times:

Anyone else think a Ducks/Chicago Western Conf. game would be epic?


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User currently offlinesteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9182 posts, RR: 18
Reply 10, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3737 times:

Quoting jetblueguy22 (Reply 7):
It amazes me that a team as good as they are have so much trouble in the playoffs. They should be up 3-0 right now.

No I agree with that. However, the local press out of the Burgh is saying that the Islanders are packing a bit of a punch. At the same time, though, the Pens need to learn to not give up a lead regardless of which period they lead after. They blew the lead in the 2nd period of game 2 which resulted in a loss. They had a solid lead yesterday, but blew it in the 3rd period allowing the game to go to overtime. Luckily the power play came through as Dupuis made sure to end the game with the Pens on top...

I will give them this tho, they're not the same God-awful unit that embarrassed the hell out of their fans last year! I was happy to see Philly advance (fellow Pens fans, I root for anything PA, ok? If Philly advances and we don't, I'll still root for them. However, I still root for Pittsburgh when they go face to face.), but the Pens play was just sickening. Philly showed up to play hockey. I don't know what the hell the Penguins were doing other than mistaking the playoffs for the ice-capades or Disney on Ice or something...



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User currently offlineYVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2444 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3713 times:

I will refrain from posting my thoughts on my local teams progression. Just... wow   


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User currently offlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3670 times:

WTF Habs, seriously, do you know you're in the playoffs? Do you know that from now on it's do or die? What happened that you completely stopped playing in the third period tonight?! Are you tired? With a 48-game season, I hope not!

I cannot believe that lack of intensity and energy in the third, just shooting the puck as far as possible and provoking icings every 5 seconds. Damn, you looked like 80-year old men on skates. What a sad display. I'm lost for words...



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User currently offlineWestJet747 From Canada, joined Aug 2011, 1830 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3664 times:

Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 12):
Damn, you looked like 80-year old men on skates.

Compared to the actual 80-year old men up in the booth who don't know that kicking the puck into the net is against the rules.   

I'm distraught right now. Words cannot describe how rattled I am at how lazy Montreal's defense was in those last two minutes.



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User currently offlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3662 times:

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 13):
Compared to the actual 80-year old men up in the booth who don't know that kicking the puck into the net is against the rules.

That too, but I don't take this as an excuse. Some calls were bad tonight, but it does not explain why they lost. They were outshot 14 to 4 in the third period. They were barely skating to protect the puck in their own zone. They started to play with more conviction after the first Sens goal, but moments after they were back in their laziness. I don't understand this. They had a great opportunity to even the series and instead of that they just offered at 3-1 lead to the Sens, who were not even good tonight.

Now they have to win the next 3, which is going to be pretty much impossible.



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User currently offlinesteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9182 posts, RR: 18
Reply 15, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3633 times:

Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 12):
Damn, you looked like 80-year old men on skates.

Are we talking about the Habs or Pens here?  

I seriously do not want the Pens to lose anymore to the Islanders. If they do, they'll be the biggest laughing stock in the entire history of the league! I am not kidding about that!

Still tho, how did the Habs finish, weren't they the number 2 seed? What is it with the top two seeds struggling? LA (I don't remember how they finished) already beat the Canucks, eliminating them, and the Blackhawks are on the verge of eliminating the Wild...



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User currently offlineWestJet747 From Canada, joined Aug 2011, 1830 posts, RR: 10
Reply 16, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3632 times:

Quoting steeler83 (Reply 15):
I seriously do not want the Pens to lose anymore to the Islanders. If they do, they'll be the biggest laughing stock in the entire history of the league! I am not kidding about that!

I have no idea what's going on in that series. There's no reason the Pens shouldn't have swept them.

Quoting steeler83 (Reply 15):
Still tho, how did the Habs finish, weren't they the number 2 seed?

It's a combination of injuries and lazy D. Injuries happen, you can't help that, but there's no excuse for their terrible defensive game last night.



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User currently offlineconnies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13
Reply 17, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3629 times:

Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 8):
Ottawa is leading the series because they have a goaltender. Period.

Ottawa is also bigger up front. That counts. Habs are a small speedy team, and you can get away with that during the season. Playoffs are different.

Price has been spotty, didn't get much help on the tying goal, then bummed his knee out. Felt sorry for Budaj as he had no chance to warm up and the shot was deflected in any event.

But the Habs are pretty much done. Might win Game 5 but that's it I think.

Vancouver, how embarrassing again. Now have lost 10 of their last 11 playoff games, only scored I think 17 goals. Vigneault is a dead man.



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User currently offlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3628 times:

Quoting steeler83 (Reply 15):
Are we talking about the Habs or Pens here?

I have not watched any game of the Pens-Isles series yet. I'm just checking the highlights. By the way, Fleury on the last goal yesterday...   

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 16):
It's a combination of injuries and lazy D. Injuries happen, you can't help that, but there's no excuse for their terrible defensive game last night.

Yes, but since they clinched their playoffs berth and lost Emelin (who seems to be a way bigger loss than I thought!), this team is different than the one I knew this season.

Markov, who had a great season start, can barely put one skate in front of the other. He's so slow I'd be faster walking on the ice.

Yesterday, I still don't know why Therrien held Galchenyuk to 1:35 of play in the last period.

And sorry, but Price should be more solid than that. Yesterday was fine, but he's not been at his best lately.

Anyway, I should not complain too much. They went from 28th in the league to 4th in just 48 games. The reconstruction process is only beginning.



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User currently offlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 3626 times:

Quoting connies4ever (Reply 17):
Ottawa is also bigger up front. That counts. Habs are a small speedy team, and you can get away with that during the season. Playoffs are different.

Yes I know. But I'm sure if they could use their speed it would be ok. Problem is that they haven't used it since quite a few games. And last night's 3rd period was just pathetic. Yesterday, it's the Habs who lost the game, not the Sens who won it.

Quoting connies4ever (Reply 17):
But the Habs are pretty much done. Might win Game 5 but that's it I think.

I think so too.



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User currently offlineWestJet747 From Canada, joined Aug 2011, 1830 posts, RR: 10
Reply 20, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 3620 times:

Quoting connies4ever (Reply 17):
But the Habs are pretty much done.

Yep.

Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 18):
Markov, who had a great season start, can barely put one skate in front of the other. He's so slow I'd be faster walking on the ice.

Ugh, it's painfully true. I'd love to see a race around the nets between him and Hal Gill. But I'd make sure to double-fist beers because we might be there a while...

Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 18):
Yesterday was fine, but he's not been at his best lately.

Agreed. Might be time to give Budaj a nod so that Price can get himself put back together.

Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 19):
And last night's 3rd period was just pathetic. Yesterday, it's the Habs who lost the game, not the Sens who won it.

Agreed, again. The Habs have really been a stamina team who outperforms in the 3rd. That has gone entirely out the window this series.



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User currently onlinejetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2760 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 3617 times:
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Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 8):
Are you sure? Are you really really really sure?????

I'm really really regretting it now. Leave it the Habs to screw it up!

The Penguins-Islanders series has brought some joy into my heart. I was sitting in my room last night studying for finals and I heard several F bombs in a short period of time. When I remembered the game was on I checked the score. Lets just say my Pens fan roommate has been pretty angry. Hope all of you Canucks fans are okay today. I have to imagine it isn't too pleasant in Vancouver. I hope Montreal can do something! I never root for them, but I don't want to lose the bracket challenge to my roommate!
Pat



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User currently offlineconnies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13
Reply 22, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3601 times:

Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 19):
Yes I know. But I'm sure if they could use their speed it would be ok. Problem is that they haven't used it since quite a few games. And last night's 3rd period was just pathetic. Yesterday, it's the Habs who lost the game, not the Sens who won it.

But they're not using their speed because they're getting smacked around. Personally, I thought the hit on Ellers was OK. Tough, but OK: open ice, no direct head shot. But it sent a big message to the Habs: we can hurt you big time.

Habs SHOULD have won Game 4, played well for around 45-46 minutes, then just stopped playing in the 2nd half of the 3rd period, and absolutely panicked at the end. Sad to see it.

Agree about Markov, started the season really well, made a huge difference on the PP. But now, it's painful.

Regarding Vancouver, the media are clamoring for Vigneault's head, but the real problem is the GM, Mike Gillis. He's the one who signed Luongo to a too-rich and far too long contract, then signed Schnides to a 4 (?) year deal at $4M per. That's $12M for their goalies and the salary cap is coming down next year. He could have resolved this problem last summer, could have resolved it at the short training camp, could have resolved it just before the trade deadline. But no. Kesler was pressured into returning before he was ready, and he is just not the same player that he usd to be. The twins are 32 now, and RFAs summer 2014. This team is getting old -- together -- and I remember how long it too the Green Riders in the CFL to rebuild after they all basically retired within about 3 years of each other. It took a generation. And where are their draft picks ?



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User currently offlinejfk69 From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 1407 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3582 times:

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 16):
I have no idea what's going on in that series. There's no reason the Pens shouldn't have swept them.
Quoting steeler83 (Reply 15):
I seriously do not want the Pens to lose anymore to the Islanders. If they do, they'll be the biggest laughing stock in the entire history of the league! I am not kidding about that!
Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 16):
I have no idea what's going on in that series. There's no reason the Pens shouldn't have swept them.

You guys are waaaaaaaaaay to quick to bury the Isles here. Yes it would be an upset if the Pens go down but this is not the same Islander team of say the last 20 years!. The league should have been paying attention to them this season but of course they didn't so what seems like a team that has no business being in the playoffs could not be farther from the truth.

My ears are still recovering from the last 2 games at the Ol barn.


User currently offlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3583 times:

Quoting connies4ever (Reply 22):
But they're not using their speed because they're getting smacked around.

Their speed was working against Boston this year. It worked ok against Toronto too. Those two teams have big guys, and I mean, BIG guys.

But ok, it's the playoffs, physicality plays a bigger role than during the regular season, I guess.

Quoting connies4ever (Reply 22):
and absolutely panicked at the end

Yes, like they were afraid to win this game...

Quoting connies4ever (Reply 22):
Sad to see it

Indeed.



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User currently offlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 25, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3583 times:

Well, at least it's done. No more suffering in these playoffs. I am not going to comment on the match, because it is clear that they were playing without their heart since game #3. Today, the Sens just finished off a wounded animal.

Horrible thing is, I have never seen so many actions during this series that were translating in "it's your fate to lose this series, it's your fate to lose this series, it's your fate to lose this series...". Absolutely nothing went on our side. Just nothing. No lucky rebound, no lucky puck, no luck shot, no downtime from Anderson, goal post here and crossbar there, missed open net opportunities, strange calls from the refs against us and almost none against them (yes, I hate criticizing the refs, but let's be honest, they were one-sided in this series). You can be the most talented player or team in the world, if luck is against you, you're screwed.

Of course, I have to congratulate the Sens because they did a good job. But since I am a bad loser, that's all I'm going to say.

Anyway, I have mixed feelings about the seaon. At the beginning I thought we would not qualify for the playoffs. After the first game of the season vs the Leafs, I said "ok, nothing's changed since last year". But then they started to play really good (because, yes, they were playing really good!) and my fear of not making the playoffs changed slowly over the course of the season to the excitment of being a possibility, then a reality. Once we secured the playoffs berth, I had good hopes for the series and my good hopes have been washed away in 5 games by a solid Anderson team of Ottawa.

So, I don't know if I should be happy for a season that was not meant to be so good, or if I should be sad because they were not able to keep the momentum until the end. Very strange feeling.

Now I really don't care who wins the Cup, as long as it's not the Bruins.



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User currently offlineconnies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13
Reply 26, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3575 times:

Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 25):
Anyway, I have mixed feelings about the seaon. At the beginning I thought we would not qualify for the playoffs. After the first game of the season vs the Leafs, I said "ok, nothing's changed since last year". But then they started to play really good (because, yes, they were playing really good!) and my fear of not making the playoffs changed slowly over the course of the season to the excitment of being a possibility, then a reality. Once we secured the playoffs berth, I had good hopes for the series and my good hopes have been washed away in 5 games by a solid Anderson team of Ottawa.

Telling comment about the Habs season from (I believe) Garry Galley of the HNIC broadcast crew. They had an excellent season and overachieved for the first 35-36 games, then everything started to slide - goaltending and team defense, scoring, the lost. So instead of a 2 vs 7 seed series, it was likely more 4 vs 5.



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User currently offlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 27, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3612 times:

Quoting connies4ever (Reply 26):
So instead of a 2 vs 7 seed series, it was likely more 4 vs 5.

I think it was still a 2 vs 7 seed series, except that #2 was Ottawa and #7 was Montreal  



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User currently offlinebmacleod From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 2244 posts, RR: 0
Reply 28, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3592 times:

I live in Halifax, NS and except for a few Habs fans most of city is die-hard Boston Bruins.

Maybe because Boston is closest to us?

Odds are slim on this but Ottawa - Anaheim final keeps popping into mind. Repeat final of 2007 but with Ottawa winning cup this time?

[Edited 2013-05-10 11:11:59]


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User currently offlineconnies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13
Reply 29, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3565 times:

Quoting bmacleod (Reply 28):
Maybe because Boston is closest to us?

Likely because of the long-standing links between NS & NE. At one time it was thought that NS would join the USA rather than be a founding Canadian province. Likely more Patriot fans than CFL, too. Which to me makes it more likely than not that Halifax will ever get the 10th CFL franchise. I think Quebec City wins this race, assuming Mr Wettenhall can be brought round.

Quoting bmacleod (Reply 28):
Odds are slim on this but Ottawa - Anaheim final keeps popping into mind. Repeat final of 2007 but with Ottawa winning cup this time?

Very slim for Ottawa, less so for Anaheim, Ottawa likely to face Pitt next round, probably will not advance.



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User currently offlinebmacleod From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 2244 posts, RR: 0
Reply 30, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3548 times:

Quoting connies4ever (Reply 29):
Likely because of the long-standing links between NS & NE. At one time it was thought that NS would join the USA rather than be a founding Canadian province.

Also Bruins winger Brad Marchand is from Halifax, well Hammonds Plains, still part of HRM...



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User currently offlineconnies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13
Reply 31, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3415 times:

Haven't seen any comments on gthe Leafs epic collapse against the Bruins. Are all A.netters part of Leafs Nation ?

I actually could not believe what I was seeing at the time. Although the Bruins were storming the gates, even with 3 minutes or so to go I thought the Leafs would hang on. But no. One of the things I did pick up on during the game was that Reimer was not handling rebounds particularly well, and this is exactly what did them in on the winning goal.

Despite the collapse, lots of good signs for the Leafs going forward, Reimer being one. Jake Gardner emerging as likely a top four defenseman, Franson too if he can stop passing through the slot. Nazem Kadri is still a work in progress. Kessel and Lupul of course bring a lot to the table, and van Riemsdyk I believe is a hugely underrated player who can give you a lot of good minutes every game.

I'm still a Jet fan (whole team is a work in progress there) but I have to say the Leafs near term future is, actually I think, looking better than the Habs.

LA off to a "quick" start in round 2, they seem to be getting revved up, Pitt over Ottawa, no surprise. I believe NY-Boston and Detroit-Chicago will both be very physical.



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User currently offlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 32, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3407 times:

Quoting connies4ever (Reply 31):
Are all A.netters part of Leafs Nation ?

Oh my God, no. Sorry, I'm a Habs fan. I did not see the series at all, but I read about the "collapse" in the finale game. A real shame for Toronto, but they can use this for next year. Experience builds up on a succession of failures!



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User currently offlineWestJet747 From Canada, joined Aug 2011, 1830 posts, RR: 10
Reply 33, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3402 times:

Quoting connies4ever (Reply 31):
Haven't seen any comments on gthe Leafs epic collapse against the Bruins. Are all A.netters part of Leafs Nation ?

Shhh! I'm still savouring the moment  

Immediately after the Bruins scored in OT to take the series, I posted this picture to my Facebook wall with the line "To all my Leaf fan friends who obnoxiously chirped me when the Habs lost, I hope you're hungry..."




It was interesting that all those people that annoyingly chirped me for days and boasted about their team's superiority on Facebook and Twitter had nothing to say to me at that point. The silence was more delicious than the pie.  



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User currently offlinesteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9182 posts, RR: 18
Reply 34, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3390 times:

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 33):
It was interesting that all those people that annoyingly chirped me for days and boasted about their team's superiority on Facebook and Twitter had nothing to say to me at that point. The silence was more delicious than the pie.

Mmmmm... Humble pie with a side of karma. Good stuff!

I liked last night's game. I just hope Pittsburgh keeps playing like that. I'm reading the facebook discussions on the Pittsburgh-Post-Gazette website and some folks on there seem to think Fleury might not be playing with a clear head; his wife gave birth to their first child recently, and I guess it's occupying whatever free time he has left -- which is understandable. Vokoun is a hell of a goalie, and if we need him, he's there. Not to rule out Fleury tho, he's still a hell of a guy.  

With that said, yes; PIttsburgh got a hell of a win yesterday, but Ottawa is still a dangerous team. The Islanders were a dangerous team, and they very well could have made it a long, potentially fruitless series.



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User currently offlineBOStonsox From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1989 posts, RR: 0
Reply 35, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3302 times:

Quoting connies4ever (Reply 31):
Haven't seen any comments on gthe Leafs epic collapse against the Bruins. Are all A.netters part of Leafs Nation ?

Nope, it's because I haven't showed up here until now!

Bruins nearly fell apart, but THE COMEBACK was amazing, and now we lead the Rangers 2-0, I like our chances.



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User currently offlineNASCARAirforce From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3178 posts, RR: 4
Reply 36, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3285 times:

Quoting TWA772LR (Reply 9):
Anyone else think a Ducks/Chicago Western Conf. game would be epic?

Doesn't look like that is going to happen. I didn't think Detroit was getting out of first round but I am glad, and now tie with Chicago 1-1 in series

One thing that was cool was all 6 original 6 teams made the playoffs this year, 4 are left and 2 will move on to the third round, unfortunately the 4 couldn't all be in separate games so that there could be a chance of all 4 winning and playing in the conference finals.

I think I heard the last time all 6 original 6 teams made the playoffs was 1993. The last Original 6 Stanley Cup Finals was New York vs. Montreal in 1979. You would probably have to go back to just 6 teams when 4 played in the Conference Finals (which at that time was the first round and they weren't conferences.)


User currently offlinesteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9182 posts, RR: 18
Reply 37, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3243 times:

I really do not want to see another Pens complete collapse like we saw last night! I know I can't really speak for the Sens (kudos for sticking it to a team that must have thought it was time for the ice-capades), but what unfolded in the last 90 seconds of the game should NOT have! You're up 1-zip and on a power-play! Seal the kill! Instead, they went into prevent mode; played to not lose. Guess what... THEY LOST!!! I seriously hope Bylsma and crew learned something from last night. Otherwise, they might as well be calling the golf course for their premature tee times now!!!


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User currently offlinemikeology From United States of America, joined Mar 2012, 124 posts, RR: 0
Reply 38, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3160 times:

Pic from the Sharks game I was at last night. Great win. Hopefully they can get it done.

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Reply 39, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 3126 times:

Quoting mikeology (Reply 38):
Pic from the Sharks game I was at last night. Great win. Hopefully they can get it done.

All the way, the team thats knocks out the Canucks always wins the cup...

As an aside Alain Vigneault fired by the Canucks today for two years of dismal playoff performances.

Pens smashed the Sens today too...



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User currently offlinesteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9182 posts, RR: 18
Reply 40, posted (1 year 2 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3093 times:

Quoting YVRLTN (Reply 39):
Pens smashed the Sens today too...

Good show by the Pens. Iggy and Neal really came alive in that game, scoring 2 goals each.

What I found really surprising is that Detroit now leads the series... and they play again at Joe Louis Arena. Should be interesting!!!

Also, Madison Square Garden will either rock tonight or be the quietest place in the States. Boston has the Rangers on the brink of elimination.



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User currently offlineBOStonsox From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1989 posts, RR: 0
Reply 41, posted (1 year 2 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3004 times:

Quoting steeler83 (Reply 40):
Also, Madison Square Garden will either rock tonight or be the quietest place in the States. Boston has the Rangers on the brink of elimination.

It rocked, as Rangers managed to win Game 4 in overtime, but my Bruins came back for the win at home for Game 5. On to Pittsburgh...

The LA vs. San Jose and Detroit vs. Chicago matchups are both 3-2 after five games, so it will be interesting to see who goes to the conference finals.



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User currently offlinesteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9182 posts, RR: 18
Reply 42, posted (1 year 2 months 4 days ago) and read 3002 times:

Quoting BOStonsox (Reply 41):
but my Bruins came back for the win at home for Game 5. On to Pittsburgh...

I will be honest. I am a bit concerned about Pittsburgh's prolific offense and their ability to beat Boston's defense. I'm thinking this could be a low-scoring drawn out series.

Ottawa shocked a lot of folks when they beat the Canadians, although that team seemed to be on a bit of a decline leading in to the playoffs. They came to Pittsburgh, and the Pens actually stumbled in one of the games when they should have taken advantage of the opportunity to secure the win. Ottawa took advantage, and ultimately won the game. Pittsburgh did learn a lesson from that, and executed it quite well to win the next to games in convincing fashion to end the series.

Now, they play a Boston team that is performing at a high level, especially on defense and in goal. Crosby, Malkin, and crew are very fast, but do they have what it takes to beat the bruins' D as well as Rask? Boston might plan to have their offense crash the net, getting many shots off for a chance at a rebound (which I think is a weakness for Vokoun). Can Pittsburgh's defense pick it up to help Vokoun? And can Vokoun continue to prove he's a human wall in front of the net?

I'm thinking (and hoping) Pittsburgh does just enough to advance in 6 or 7.

Oh, BTW, kudos BOS for advancing! May the better team advance!



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User currently onlineFlaps From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 1261 posts, RR: 4
Reply 43, posted (1 year 1 month 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2786 times:

Quoting steeler83 (Reply 42):
Boston might plan to have their offense crash the net, getting many shots off for a chance at a rebound (which I think is a weakness for Vokoun).

I think this is a good point but actually I would be more concerned about this with Fleury in net than Vokoun, Im a Fleury fan but have always felt that he generates too many rebounds. Fleury IMHO tends to deflect a high percentage of his saves where Vokoun again IMHO controls the puck a little better in front of the net.

Quoting steeler83 (Reply 42):
I'm thinking (and hoping) Pittsburgh does just enough to advance in 6 or 7.

Agreed. Pittsburgh in no less than 6 and more likely 7. Im not sure which team will benefit/suffer more from the long lay off between series.


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Reply 44, posted (1 year 1 month 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2783 times:

The Final Four: Boston vs. Pittsburgh, and Chicago vs. Los Angeles!

Quoting steeler83 (Reply 42):
I will be honest. I am a bit concerned about Pittsburgh's prolific offense and their ability to beat Boston's defense. I'm thinking this could be a low-scoring drawn out series.

That's a concern of mine as well.

Quoting steeler83 (Reply 42):
I'm thinking (and hoping) Pittsburgh does just enough to advance in 6 or 7.

And I'm thinking (and hoping) Boston does just enough to advance in 6 or 7!

Quoting steeler83 (Reply 42):
May the better team advance!

Yes, and we'll find out who that is in a few days!



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User currently offlinesteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9182 posts, RR: 18
Reply 45, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2748 times:

Quoting Flaps (Reply 43):
I think this is a good point but actually I would be more concerned about this with Fleury in net than Vokoun, Im a Fleury fan but have always felt that he generates too many rebounds. Fleury IMHO tends to deflect a high percentage of his saves where Vokoun again IMHO controls the puck a little better in front of the net.

Hmm, that is a valid point as well. Come to think of it, I didn't notice Vokoun generating too much in the way of rebounds. Fleury, on the other hand, well he did let quite a few easy saves get past him, and they proved costly...

Quoting BOStonsox (Reply 44):
And I'm thinking (and hoping) Boston does just enough to advance in 6 or 7!
Quoting BOStonsox (Reply 44):
Yes, and we'll find out who that is in a few days!

Amen mate. I'll drink to that!  



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User currently offlineBOStonsox From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1989 posts, RR: 0
Reply 46, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2732 times:

Bruins take Game 1, 3-0. But there's always the possibility that this is just a fluke and we have a long way to go. I like our start, now we have to finish!


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User currently offlineairportugal310 From Palau, joined Apr 2004, 3584 posts, RR: 2
Reply 47, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2728 times:

Quoting BOStonsox (Reply 46):

No fluke.



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User currently offlinesteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9182 posts, RR: 18
Reply 48, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2703 times:

Quoting BOStonsox (Reply 46):
But there's always the possibility that this is just a fluke

I hope it was a fluke. Many fellow Pens fans seem to think it was. If that seriously was the best the Pens could do, then they don't belong there...



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User currently offlineconnies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13
Reply 49, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2693 times:

Quoting steeler83 (Reply 48):
Quoting BOStonsox (Reply 46):
But there's always the possibility that this is just a fluke

I hope it was a fluke. Many fellow Pens fans seem to think it was. If that seriously was the best the Pens could do, then they don't belong there...

For the game, no fluke. The Bruins were inside the Pens heads pretty much all night. But can Boston play that way the whole series ? That's the question.



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User currently offlinesteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9182 posts, RR: 18
Reply 50, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2632 times:

Quoting connies4ever (Reply 49):
For the game, no fluke. The Bruins were inside the Pens heads pretty much all night. But can Boston play that way the whole series ? That's the question.

Apparently they can... They're up 4-1 after one frickign period of play. Why is it that the Penguins somehow slip into "Disney on Ice?!!"

I see they're putting Fleury in. Will that bear fruit? Yeah, I doubt it.

Here comes an embarrassing sweep if there ever was one...



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User currently offlinesteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9182 posts, RR: 18
Reply 51, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2623 times:

Stick a fork in the Pens, I think they're done...

Me thinks it is going to be time to start axing some folks after four consecutive sub-par playoff appearances. At the same time, the Pens have gotten colder than the ice they skated on (and looked like utter shit).

I would not mind losing by one goal -- but in two consectuve embarrassing blow-out losses, something is not right in the world of the Pittsburgh Penguins...

It needs to be rectified immediately

Change lines? Teach them how to knock someone into next month? Anyone else have answers here?



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User currently offlineBOStonsox From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1989 posts, RR: 0
Reply 52, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2646 times:

And the Bruins have gone up 2-0 in the series with that 6-1 shellacking, I'm thinking it's pretty unlikely that it is a fluke, both goalies gave up 3 goals each, and now the series goes to Boston and that building is going to be crazy! I have a good feeling about this, but I've seen plenty of teams climb out of a 2-0 hole as well. I don't want to tempt fate!


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User currently offlineconnies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13
Reply 53, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2622 times:

Quoting steeler83 (Reply 50):

Here comes an embarrassing sweep if there ever was one...

Yah, Pens are going all Vancouver on us...

Quoting steeler83 (Reply 51):
Me thinks it is going to be time to start axing some folks after four consecutive sub-par playoff appearances. At the same time, the Pens have gotten colder than the ice they skated on (and looked like utter shit).

Starting perhaps with Bylsma. Here's the question: Crosby is arguably their most talented player, although I'm sure Malkin might argue that point. After last night's turkey, neither should really brag. But is making your marquee player the captain a good idea ? Is Crosby a leader ? Is there someone else on the team that should take on the 'C' ?

I believe Malkin is an RFA this summer. Cap coming down and certainly at least a couple of big offer sheets coming his way, Pens may have to make a hard decision on him, or move a big contract to make cap space.

Quoting BOStonsox (Reply 52):
And the Bruins have gone up 2-0 in the series with that 6-1 shellacking, I'm thinking it's pretty unlikely that it is a fluke, both goalies gave up 3 goals each, and now the series goes to Boston and that building is going to be crazy! I have a good feeling about this, but I've seen plenty of teams climb out of a 2-0 hole as well. I don't want to tempt fate!

No, I think Pens are done, time to take the thermometer out and start carving. I don't think anyone has come back from 0-2 since about 1991-92 or so.

Chicago - Boston final would be, well, physical.



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User currently offlinesteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9182 posts, RR: 18
Reply 54, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2595 times:

Quoting BOStonsox (Reply 52):

I dont' think you should have anything to worry about, mate. As far as this series is concerned, kudos! Your team will more than likely advance while my favorite team will go down like garbage as has been the norm for the past four years...

Boston is playing very well, while I think quadriplegics could probably skate circles around Pittsburgh without any trouble!

Something is not right when you have a talent-laden team falling flat on its ass! They need to figure something out, and they better do it fast. If we/they watch yet another SC Final from their sofas, I would like to see some changes in management or something. This is bullshit. Sorry, but that's how I feel.

It looks like they're applying the roll-over-and-play-dead tactic -- well it doesn't work when your opponent is the equivalent of a runaway Mack truck!



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User currently offlineconnies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13
Reply 55, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2582 times:

Quoting steeler83 (Reply 51):
Me thinks it is going to be time to start axing some folks after four consecutive sub-par playoff appearances. At the same time, the Pens have gotten colder than the ice they skated on (and looked like utter shit).

Perhaps starting with Bylsma. Usually coaches have a shelf life with players after which they stop listening.

Couple questions:

1 - Crosby may be the best player on the team, although I think Mr Malkin might disagree. But, is it wise to have your marquee player as the captain ? Is there someone perhaps alittle older who is a leader on the Pens ? If so, give him the 'C' and let Crosby be Crosby.
2 - IIRC Malkin is an RFA this summer and will surely command a couple of huge offer sheets, lower cap or not. Do the Pens have the room to match, or just let him go ? Or would they consider moving a large contract to make room, given a decent compensation package. You know who I mean.



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User currently onlinejetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2760 posts, RR: 4
Reply 56, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2515 times:
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I have no words to express the Penguins. It's unbelievable. A team with such skill and they just can't get it done. Go Bruins (I never thought I'd say that..).
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User currently offlineBOStonsox From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1989 posts, RR: 0
Reply 57, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2515 times:

A nailbiter it was, but the Bruins finally prevailed in double overtime, and we are now just one win from the Stanley Cup!

There was too much going on that concerned me, some wasn't quite our fault (a few passes exploded on us with a wide open net) and some that was (a few passes to the Penguins that gave them chances). Not to mention that Rask saw 20+ more shots than Volkoun did.

Quoting steeler83 (Reply 54):
I dont' think you should have anything to worry about, mate.

That game almost prove you wrong! Every game is a new game, and it's not like 2-0 is that hard to get out of. We're also just three years removed from our huge collapse against the Flyers, so it's not over for the Penguins until the next time the buzzer sounds while the Bruins have a lead, which could be tomorrow (Friday, but it's after midnight), could be next week, and it could be never. I don't tempt fate.

Finish it off, Bruins!



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User currently offlineconnies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13
Reply 58, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2497 times:

Last night's game vastly entertaining, a very physical encounter. Easily Pittsburgh's best effort in a long time and they perhaps deserved a better fate. There was no shortage of effort.

On the winning goal, for example, Malkin was clearly hooked away from the puck, allowing Jagr to move along the wall. Felt very bad for Orpik not really tying up Bergeron, but after the hit he took from Lucic, I don't think he was 100% there. When he came off the boards after the hit the HNIC crew all said "He's in trouble", didn't move for 5-6 seconds like he was in space. Having had 4 hockey-related concussions, I'd be surprised if this was not the case. For the Bruins, rumoured already that Campbell has a broken leg.

Expect Chicago - LA tonight to be very physical again.



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User currently onlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12342 posts, RR: 25
Reply 59, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2502 times:

Quoting steeler83 (Reply 51):
I would not mind losing by one goal

Somehow I don't think you're feeling better today.

Quoting steeler83 (Reply 54):
well it doesn't work when your opponent is the equivalent of a runaway Mack truck!

Indeed so. Have been listening to BOS sports talk on and off all season and it's mostly been whining about how the B's can't get any offense going, have a lousy power play, etc. Obviously that opening series against Toronto was the wake up call, and finding out that they were able to get unexpectedly good play out of a few minor league call ups helped make things gel.



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User currently offlineBOStonsox From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1989 posts, RR: 0
Reply 60, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2437 times:

Wow. Did we really just sweep Pittsburgh in 4 games? I thought it was going to be intense and it was in the last two games, but these Bruins are that good.

Magic number is 4. I'm gonna root for LA just to give our team that much more time for rest, but I'm looking forward to seeing who we're playing in the Stanley Cup.

And now, to finally be able to say it:

WE WANT THE CUP! WE WANT THE CUP! WE WANT THE CUP! WE WANT THE CUP!



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User currently offlinesteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9182 posts, RR: 18
Reply 61, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2316 times:

Quoting BOStonsox (Reply 60):
Wow. Did we really just sweep Pittsburgh in 4 games? I thought it was going to be intense and it was in the last two games, but these Bruins are that good.

Magic number is 4. I'm gonna root for LA just to give our team that much more time for rest, but I'm looking forward to seeing who we're playing in the Stanley Cup.

And now, to finally be able to say it:

WE WANT THE CUP! WE WANT THE CUP! WE WANT THE CUP! WE WANT THE CUP!

Yep, your Bruins just swept a talented team that apparently have about as many problems as goals allowed by Boston.

Fleury is the No. 1 goalie?? THAT right there is a HUGE problem! He's good in the regular season, but his track record in the playoffs since winning the Stanley Cup has been shitty at best. He collapses come crunch time. Vokoun is a monster in front of the net. Why in the hell is he not number one?

Bylsma. After 4-straight years of playoff failure, it might be time to part ways. Get a coach with proven consistent playoff success in some form or another. Since 2009, this guy has come up way short in very embarrassing fashion.

Defense -- well that is why Vokoun probably let so many goals go in the first two games. Vokoun may be one of the best goalies, but he's only human. Where was the defense?

Offense/puck handling -- Evgeni Malkin gave the puck away on a silver platter (or he might as well have) to Jaromir Jagr, who then provided butlered hor d'oeuvre service to Bergeron for the game winner in Game 3. You have talented guys like Malkin and Crosby to name just a couple who made way too many rookie mistakes that ultimately proved fatal.

I did not see game 4. I was in Niagara Falls (US and Canadian side) treating my wife to a 30th b-day escape for the weekend. I guess I'm happy I didn't see it.

The Penguins apparently need to learn the difference between hockey and Disney on Ice... Not sure if it's the players or coaches/management (or both), but someone needs to learn, and FAST...

In any event, I have to give Boston all the credit in the world. I have no sour grapes against the Bruins. They beat a very talented team...



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User currently offlineBOStonsox From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1989 posts, RR: 0
Reply 62, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2159 times:

I'm surprised this thread has dropped as far as it has, given how exciting the Stanley Cup has been so far. The first game was the fifth longest game in Stanley Cup history, so it sucks that we were on the losing side of that, especially since we gave up the game-tying goal on an unfortunate bounce of our own player's skate. But the second game we managed to take despite initially playing sub-par: the Blackhawks had 16 shots on goal in the first period and we could only manage four? But we bookended that by playing hungry in overtime and getting far more shots. One went off the post and into the net and that was game! This series is going to be close, but if we can match the Blackhawks, we'll get it done! Go Bruins!


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User currently offlineairportugal310 From Palau, joined Apr 2004, 3584 posts, RR: 2
Reply 63, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2152 times:

What a game!

Go B's!!!!



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Reply 64, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2150 times:
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Glad to see the Bruins get it done. I'm not a Bruins fan but they have been fun to watch. Although I wouldn't mind seeing Toews get it done as he played for my University. One little thing I found funny was in the post game celebration. The look on this lady's face was priceless.
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Reply 65, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2091 times:

You know... no sour grapes here considering how they manhandled my team, which went from looking like contender to party favor in the ECS Final. I would like to see Boston win it. It would be great for the city, especially after the Marathon Bombing and what not. I'm glad Iggy chose to play for the Pens, but man will he be eating a helping-and-a-half of crow if they hoist Lord Stanley!

From an avid Pittsburgh sports fan, go Bruins!!



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User currently offlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 66, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2056 times:

My God, one of my worst nightmare is taking form: the Bruins being champs.

Quoting BOStonsox (Reply 62):
I'm surprised this thread has dropped as far as it has, given how exciting the Stanley Cup has been so far


I personnally don't want to watch anything where the Bruins are involved.



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User currently offlineconnies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13
Reply 67, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2050 times:

Bruins are like a big freight train right now: barrellng along. Strong on the forecheck, almost always getting it deep, and Rask was amazing. I canèt see them losing now.


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User currently offlineconnies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13
Reply 68, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 4 days ago) and read 2032 times:

As if on cue, the Phoenix Coyotes situation has reared its' head once more. Supposed to be a meeting in Glendale today to 'resolve' this situation once and for all. I will go out on a limb and predict they will be the Seattle SeaWolves (or something like that) this fall. Quebec loses again.      


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User currently offlineairportugal310 From Palau, joined Apr 2004, 3584 posts, RR: 2
Reply 69, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2020 times:

Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 66):
My God, one of my worst nightmare is taking form: the Bruins being champs.
Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 66):
personnally don't want to watch anything where the Bruins are involved.

Deal with it. No one is making you watch.

It already happened as recently as 2011 so if you need prepping, you know where to go look.



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User currently offlineBOStonsox From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1989 posts, RR: 0
Reply 70, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1994 times:

Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 66):
My God, one of my worst nightmare is taking form: the Bruins being champs.

And I'm enjoying every moment of it!



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Reply 71, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1977 times:



Quoting airportugal310 (Reply 69):
Deal with it. No one is making you watch.

I'm dealing with it and I'm not watching it. Still, knowing the Bruins might be champions again is not a pleasant feeling for me.

Quoting BOStonsox (Reply 70):
And I'm enjoying every moment of it!

I can imagine! I know the feeling of supporting a winning team (not in hockey, but in European football). Enjoy!

[Edited 2013-06-19 03:28:40]


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User currently offlinebmacleod From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 2244 posts, RR: 0
Reply 72, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1964 times:

Hope for Chicago... Team winning Game 1 has won Cup 75% of finals.

If that means anything....



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User currently offlinesteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9182 posts, RR: 18
Reply 73, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1958 times:

Quoting bmacleod (Reply 72):
Hope for Chicago... Team winning Game 1 has won Cup 75% of finals.

If that means anything....

Break that down a little further... how many times has that team won when their victory came in at least one period of overtime? Isn't that how Chicago won it, if I remember correctly?



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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15719 posts, RR: 26
Reply 74, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1941 times:

Quoting steeler83 (Reply 65):
I would like to see Boston win it. It would be great for the city, especially after the Marathon Bombing and what not.

...just when I was about to write something about people mostly not resorting to lazy, cliched, and downright stupid storylines. Whose leg is going to grow back when Boston wins?

Quoting bmacleod (Reply 72):
Hope for Chicago... Team winning Game 1 has won Cup 75% of finals.

There really isn't any. Hossa is supposed to be back, but I doubt he will play well. And Toews has been nowhere to be found. I think Boston has their number (Chicago just hardly ever had the puck in game 3, which is a serious problem for them because that's what they do to other teams) and Rask is doing to them what I was worried Jonathan Quick would do in the conference finals.



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User currently offlinesteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9182 posts, RR: 18
Reply 75, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1939 times:

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 74):
...just when I was about to write something about people mostly not resorting to lazy, cliched, and downright stupid storylines. Whose leg is going to grow back when Boston wins?

  

Not sure how to respond to that...



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User currently offlineBOStonsox From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1989 posts, RR: 0
Reply 76, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1937 times:

Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 71):
Still, knowing the Bruins might be champions again is not a pleasant feeling for me.

We've all been there, I remember seeing the Yankees in 2009, and obviously I hate to see them win.



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User currently onlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12342 posts, RR: 25
Reply 77, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1950 times:

This game is driving me insane!  


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User currently offlineairportugal310 From Palau, joined Apr 2004, 3584 posts, RR: 2
Reply 78, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1937 times:

Well that was a swift kick in the dick...


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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15719 posts, RR: 26
Reply 79, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1934 times:

Quoting airportugal310 (Reply 78):
Well that was a swift kick in the dick...

The Blackhawks didn't deserve to win that game. The Bruins' fifth goal is one of the softest I've ever seen Crawford give up, there was no excuse for that. And from about the 4:00 mark of the third on the Blackhawks seemed to lose almost every loose puck. I still think the Hawks lose the series. Boston's good and Chicago doesn't seem to have much of an answer for their forecheck and for considerable periods lacked the ability to win loose pucks to gain persistence in the offensive zone.



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User currently offlineBOStonsox From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1989 posts, RR: 0
Reply 80, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1930 times:

Quoting airportugal310 (Reply 78):
Well that was a swift kick in the dick...

It was, I'm still fuming over the eight minutes in the third period between our fourth goal (which tied it) and the Blackhawk's fifth goal on the power play! I feel like 99% of the time they were on offense and had too many shots out in front. Them scoring just felt inevitable, and I'm glad we still tied it up.

Winning three games in a row against the Blackhawks is really difficult. And this is supposed to be the (one of) the closest series ever. If I told you or anyone that we were going to be up 3-1 going into Game Five, would you have believed me?

To look on the bright side, Game 3 we played great and shut them out. Game 4 we played sloppy but still went into overtime. That says a lot to me. I think we can win this, we just have to make it happen!

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 74):
There really isn't any. Hossa is supposed to be back, but I doubt he will play well. And Toews has been nowhere to be found. I think Boston has their number (Chicago just hardly ever had the puck in game 3, which is a serious problem for them because that's what they do to other teams) and Rask is doing to them what I was worried Jonathan Quick would do in the conference finals.

That game might get your faith back! It's not over until it's over!



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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15719 posts, RR: 26
Reply 81, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1928 times:

Quoting BOStonsox (Reply 80):
That game might get your faith back!

Not really. It proved that Toews was really on the ice and it wasn't just some guy wearing his sweater, but on the other hand, Crawford looked awfully human.



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User currently onlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12342 posts, RR: 25
Reply 82, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1915 times:

The whole game was back and forth. It seemed the Bruins had the run of the game during OT and yet all it took was the one well screened and well placed shot to end it in favor of the Blackhawks. I saw Rask trying to shove the dude out of his way but it seems his defenders weren't doing what they should have been doing and keeping things clear in front of the goal.

Now on to two straight days of analysis on Boston sports talk radio...



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User currently onlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12342 posts, RR: 25
Reply 83, posted (1 year 1 month 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1842 times:

Congrats Chicago Blackhawks, NHL Champions.

Not the way I wanted it to go, but well played and well deserved.



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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15719 posts, RR: 26
Reply 84, posted (1 year 1 month 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1838 times:

Quoting Revelation (Reply 83):
Congrats Chicago Blackhawks, NHL Champions.

It was a surprising result, but the Hawks had it when it counted. Kane was good, but I think Crawford should have won the Smythe. He bailed out his team more than once.

Although they lost, the Boston fans did get the chance to participate in the annual Booing of the Bettman, which is always a nice event to watch.

Anyway, the sorority girls of Madison better get ready. Kaner's coming!

[Edited 2013-06-24 20:05:21]


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User currently offlineBOStonsox From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1989 posts, RR: 0
Reply 85, posted (1 year 1 month 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1810 times:

Well, that kinda sucked. I tip my hat to Chicago, they outplayed us in every way. But it's a short summer for both teams and they'll have to get ready to defend it. Wait 'til next year!


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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15719 posts, RR: 26
Reply 86, posted (1 year 1 month 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1734 times:

Here's one of the best photos of the aftermath:
https://twitter.com/JayZawaski670/status/349380873864495104/photo/1

And by the way, Jim Belushi is a fool going around pushing his way into the limelight and acting like he won the cup. He is an untalented poser who got famous because of his dead brother who doesn't represent Chicago and he doesn't represent Chicago sports. He just represents his own fat, moronic ass.



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User currently offlineconnies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13
Reply 87, posted (1 year 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1581 times:

I guess it's time to start steering the conversation towards the draft and the 2013-14 season ?


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User currently onlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12342 posts, RR: 25
Reply 88, posted (1 year 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1539 times:

Funny you mention it.
Hockey talk is still going strong on the BOS sports talk stations
It's partially because of the Stanley Cup excitement.
It's also because one of the two stations (WBZ) doesn't carry Red Sox games.
Thus they go with hockey as long as possible.
Even when it's July and blazing hot outside!



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User currently offlineconnies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13
Reply 89, posted (1 year 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1529 times:

How is Leah Hextall doing at NESN ?

I see Glendale voted to get voluntarily swindled by the Yotes new owners. We'll be having this argument again in about 4 years, I think.



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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15719 posts, RR: 26
Reply 90, posted (1 year 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1526 times:

Quoting connies4ever (Reply 87):
I guess it's time to start steering the conversation towards the draft and the 2013-14 season ?

The Blackhawks stocked up a bit there.

Quoting Revelation (Reply 88):
Hockey talk is still going strong on the BOS sports talk stations

Pretty sure that ended this afternoon. I think Stevens is a smart hire.



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